|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Belongs to||Great Britain, Prussia, Russia|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Produced from||Staff College|
|Turns to Train||4|
The Republican Guards are proud to fight for their people and are unwavering in the defence of hard-won liberties.
The guard are trained to fight in the same fashion as line infantry, delivering volley fire from their smoothbore muskets. They are considered to be elite as they are chosen for their devotion to the national cause and for their personal courage. This devotion to freedom inspires other nearby troops to fight for their liberty and guards’ morale is almost boundless.
Historically, this unit had a ceremonial role, in much the same way as a royal or household guard would have in a monarchy, giving protection to the head of state. Their presence at formal occasions added legitimacy to the business of a republic. A republican guard was different from a royal guard in one other respect: it might include political officers, who watched for signs of disloyalty. The “palace guard” sometimes became the only unit a leader could trust when politics got out of hand. It was not unknown for the guard to take the role of “kingmakers”, even in a republic and give their protection to a presidential candidate they liked.
Republican Guards are the elite soldiers of most Republics. Should a republic become a monarchy, all Republican Guards are automatically disbanded. Compared to their various monarchical counterparts, Republican Guards are inferior: Prussian Foot Guards have better accuracy and reloading, Russian Lifeguard Foot have far a superior charging bonus and better defense, and British Foot Guards have better accuracy, reloading, and slightly better charging bonuses. Despite being inferior guards, however, Republican Guards are still some of the finest line infantry most factions can muster, and inspire nearby troops just as other elite infantry do.
For minor factions that can field Republican Guards, their stats are identical to those of monarchical guards.
France cannot become a Republic and so cannot recruit these guards. Austria cannot recruit any guard type, including Republican Guards.